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X-15 Pilots

by NASA

Published 1/1/1966


The X-15 flight crew, left to right: Air Force Captain Joseph H. Engle, Air Force Major Robert A. Rushworth, NASA pilot John B. "Jack" McKay, Air Force Major William J. "Pete" Knight, NASA pilot Milton O. Thompson, and NASA pilot Bill Dana. First flown in 1959 from the NASA High Speed Flight Station (later renamed the Dryden Flight Research Center), the rocket-powered X-15 was developed to provide data on aerodynamics, structures, flight controls and the physiological aspects of high speed, high altitude flight. Three were built by North American Aviation for NASA and the U.S. Air Force. They made a total of 199 flights during a highly successful research program lasting almost ten years. The X-15's main rocket engine provided thrust for the first 80 to 120 seconds of a 10 to 11 minute flight; the aircraft then glided to a 200 mph landing. The X-15 reached altitudes of 354,200 feet (67.08 miles) and a speed of 4,520 mph (Mach 6.7).


Mediatype image
Creator NASA
Date 1/1/1966
Year 1966
Insightuid nasaNAS~5~5~22268~126880
Center Dryden Flight Research Center
Source http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000143.html
Who Joseph H. Engle
Who Milton O. Thompson
Where Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
Identifier GPN-2000-000143
Addeddate 2009-12-07 23:48:55
Publicdate 2009-12-07 23:55:57


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